Symptoms of Depression
There are many genetic, psychological and environmental factors that can cause depression. It is not usually a single incident that triggers depression, but it is important to recognize the signs of depression so you can seek help. Symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
Some Types of Depression
Sometimes called Major Depression or Chronic Depression. This type can persist, meaning it continues over long periods of time in your life without lifting, often worsening over time.
This type of depression is usually experienced when people are affected deeply by the weather and time of year.
Postpartum depression is depression that may start during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after the birth of a child. A parent experiencing postpartum depression may not enjoy the baby, and have thoughts about harming themselves or their baby.
Taking care of a new baby is difficult enough, and having to cope with postpartum depression can be entirely overwhelming.
Coping with Depression
Coping with depression can be difficult on your own. When you choose a therapist you can work with them to discover enhanced coping strategies to better manage your day-to-day symptoms &, over time, this may lead to long-term change.
Our therapists practice psychodynamic psychotherapy which can help you understand your depression and find the roots of the painful patterns you are experiencing
Talking to Your Therapist About Depression
Speaking about unsettling thoughts and feelings can be challenging. However, this is an important part of the recovery process for depression. You and your therapist can safely & compassionately talk through your feelings and explore how your life experiences may have led to your symptoms of depression. Talking to a therapist consistently and openly is as a way through to your healing. When you are engaged in your treatment for depression with your therapist; you are no longer alone with it.
How to Begin Therapy for Your Depression
All of our therapists are experienced in the treatment of depression. Please review our therapist profiles and reach out to a therapist whose description appeals to you, and who has availability to work with you. The therapist will guide you through the next steps. Online therapy is available for depression.